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Cairns Green Island Tours & Day Trips

Looking to book the best day trips from Cairns to Green Island? We've got a range of tours and great value packages available here! Green Island is one of the most popular and inexpensive ways to visit the Great Barrier Reef without having to travel too far from Cairns. Tours to the island are ideal for snorkelers who can swim off the beach to fringing coral reefs. Green Island tours depart from Cairns Reef Terminal and arrive at the island in 45 minutes. Visitors can also take advantage of glass bottom boat rides, the SeaWalker experience, diving and scenic walking tracks. Make sure you add this unique coral cay island to your Cairns itinerary. There are a variety of day tours to deliver you to the island. Simply choose from the range of available Green Island tours and packages below to book instantly online today.

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Great Barrier Reef + Green Island 1 Day Tour Combo
Great Barrier Reef + Green Island 1 Day Tour Combo by Great Adventures

The complete reef and island experience in one day! Spend 2 hours on Green Island and 3 hours on the Outer Reef, that's 2 tours for the price of 1!

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Green Island Full Day Trip + Snorkelling OR Glass Bottom Boat
Green Island Full Day Trip + Snorkelling OR Glass Bottom Boat by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Enjoy a scenic cruise to the popular Green Island and spend hours exploring the beautiful coral cay with a full day cruise from Cairns departing at 9am.

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Green Island Day Trip - Return Ferry Transfer Only
Green Island Day Trip - Return Ferry Transfer Only by Great Adventures

Visit Green Island from Cairns with this great value return ferry transfer. Includes use of the island swimming pool and a self-guided eco island walk.

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Green Island Half Day Trip + Snorkelling OR Glass Bottom Boat
Green Island Half Day Trip + Snorkelling OR Glass Bottom Boat by Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

Spend part of the day exploring the beautiful Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef with a half day tour departing Cairns at 9am.

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    Green Island & Great Barrier Reef  Sail and Snorkel Cruise
    Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Sail and Snorkel Cruise by Ocean Free Sailing Cruises

    Explore the beautiful Green Island off the coast of Cairns with a full day sailing cruise and snorkel tour.

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      Green Island Full Day Trip + Snorkelling & Glass Bottom Boat
      Green Island Full Day Trip + Snorkelling & Glass Bottom Boat by Great Adventures

      Just 45 minutes from Cairns aboard a fast catamaran, you will find yourself a world away on Green Island, a 6000 year old coral cay.

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        About Green Island

        Green Island is a stunning, 6000-year-old coral cay – a small tropical island formed from ocean sediment being washed together by the currents over time. It also happens to be the only coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef with a rainforest sprouting from it, thanks to seeds and spores carried by water, birds and the wind. Just 45 minutes from Cairns, Green Island is the perfect destination for a daytrip. Its golden sands are fringed by reef – so close that you can snorkel off the beach directly, with an outer edge that's home to giant clams, stingrays, fish, turtles, starfish, sea anemones, sponges, sea urchins, eels and the occasional turtle.

        How far is it from Cairns?

        The whole circumference of Green Island is just 1.6 kilometres – but despite its tiny size, this surreal getaway is brimming with things to see and do. The kaleidoscopic reef and its unique inhabitants are obviously a major drawcard. Many tours (both half-day and full-day) give you the choice of either marvelling at the underwater ecosystem in a glass-bottom boat, or throwing on a mask and snorkel and fully immersing yourself in the natural beauty. Scuba diving is also possible, or you can even go old school and do a Seawalker experience in an underwater diving helmet! Outside of the water, enjoy stretching out and relaxing on the sandy shore, or watch the vegetation change from low scrub to dense vine-thicket rainforest on the Eco Island Walk.

        What can you see and do on Green Island?

        Green Island is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, which is largely considered the gem in the crowd that is the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. From the city of Cairns, it's just 15 nautical miles (or 27 kilometres) out to sea. Riding a speedy, air-conditioned catamaran, you can get there in just 45 minutes, or take the more intrepid path and breeze over aboard a sailboat (where you'll indulge in a scrumptious smorgasbord lunch). There are ferries that leave from Cairns, or you can choose to embark on a half or full-day guided tour.

        How much does it cost to get to Green Island?

        Depending on your budget and what you'd like to get out of your tropical experience, there are several options when it comes to getting to Green Island. The easiest on the wallet is to just get a return ferry, which still gives you access to island day facilities: you can cool off in the swimming pool or mosey off on a self-guided eco island walk. Half-day trips and full-day trips via a catamaran are great value for money, with the latter giving you seven hours of play time on the island. If you're feeling spirited and indulgent, upgrade your transport to a magnificent sailboat, or you can combine your Green Island adventure with a tour of other parts of the reef.

        Which is better – Fitzroy Island or Green Island?

        When it comes to the question of which destination is better – Green Island or Fitzroy Island – the real answer is both, but if you can only get to one, you should choose based on your needs and desires. A trip to Green Island is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of a buzz: the island has more shops, restaurants and bars than Fitzroy Island, and because it's so small, everything is close. This also makes it super accessible – all Green Island's luscious beaches are easy to get to. If you're keen to stay overnight, Green Island's accommodation options are lush, whereas Fitzroy Island offers both luxe and more rugged options – you can even camp overnight! Both islands are roughly the same distance from Cairns and both have multiple operators running day trips to them.